Athens Water Festival

Athens Water Festival in a Box!

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Thank you to our partners for suppling resources for the Athens Water Festival in a Box! Download the activities included in the box below!

Waste Reduction Sorting - ACC Recycling Division
This is a go-to game at many of our community events, but this version has been adapted for you to do at home with your family! When you open the folded page, cut off the right side and cut out each of the boxes on the right (either with or without the description words below each box). Then glue or tape each box in the correct category on the left hand page. There are four main facilities in Athens where you can send or bring your materials - the ACC Landfill, Recycling Facility, Composting Operation, and CHaRM.

My Athens Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt - Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful
Explore your neighborhood and spot the items in the scavenger hunt. Check them off or take a picture. Use the gloves and bag to pick up litter you see to keep your neighborhood beautiful and protect your local waterways. 

Edible Compost Recipe & Make Your Own Seedling Pots - ACC Extension Master Composters and Master Gardeners
Make edible compost, yes we said edible...yum! Also, create seedling pots from newspaper! Try planting a wildflower in the pot. Most wildflowers are adapted to a certain amount of dryness so you shouldn't have to water them too much.

Athens Water Avengers - UGA EcoReach
Float or Sink - UGA EcoReach
Water Cycle in a Bag - UGA EcoReach
EcoReach Online Resources - UGA EcoReach
The purpose of this program is to connect graduate, undergraduate, and professional ecologists at the University of Georgia with school-age children in order to heighten awareness of the science of ecology and environmental issues. By interacting with young people, we hope to raise awareness and enthusiasm for science, while supplementing the schools’ curriculum to meet objectives in the state curriculum guidelines. 

A Home for Tortuga - ACC Stormwater
Help the Stormwater turtle mascot, Tortuga, find an aquatic home that is free from pollutants.

Crumple Watershed - ACC Stormwater
This activity is meant to help you visualize how water moves throughout our environment when it rains. We have several videos on our website, www.accgov.com/stormwater, that will give you some background on watersheds and why we care about where all of that water goes.

Let's Make: Crumple Watersheds

A demonstration of our crumple watershed activity. Watch our "Let's Learn About: Watersheds" video for background information. Download a copy of the lesson ...

Water for You and Me (English) - ACC Water Conservation Office
Water for You and Me (Spanish) - ACC Water Conservation Office
This book follows Bridger the water dog as Bridger explores our wonderful world of water!

Water Properties - ACC Water Conservation Office
Water is truly magical. The nature of water molecules causes it to be attracted to other water molecules as well as molecules of other substances. Check out the video which details the various water properties known as cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension. Test out the activities for yourself using this worksheet.

Water Properties Video Lesson

Water is truly magical! The nature of the water molecules causes it to be attracted to other water molecules as well as molecules of other substances. Check ...

Pencil Science - ACC Water Conservation Office
Join Lily Anne Phibian in an experiment with the potential to go very wrong. As a sharpened pencil is pushed through a Ziploc bag full of water, Lily Anne sits underneath the bag hoping no water leaks on her head.

Pencil Science - We Don't Want Water Leaks!

Join Lily Anne Phibian in an experiment with the potential to go very wrong. As a sharpened pencil is pushed through a Ziploc bag full of water, Lily Anne si...

Make A Splash

Water organizations come together to make water sparkle! Touch sea life, become a water drop or create a water delivery system. With open-ended activities, participants of all ages enjoy the activities at the festival. Check out the Red & Black article about a previous water festival.

Thank you to these organizations for presenting at the 2019 Athens Water Festival!


Below are groups who have participated in past festivals and get an idea of the types of hands-on, interactive, and educational displays and games we have for festival participants of all ages to enjoy. You don’t have to tell the kids, but we splash learning into all of this fun. Most water festival activities meet the Georgia Standards of Excellence in science.

ACC Public Utilities Dept: Play "Water Drop Plinko", make your own water footprint, and learn how we clean both your drinking water and dirty water everyday.

Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful: Learn to litter less at lunch by removing litter from "The Claw."

ACC Cooperative Extension & Master Gardeners: Make a pot out of newspaper & plant a seed inside. Remember to water! Try making edible compost, yum!

State Botanical Gardens of GA: Water is essential to growing a garden that attracts wildlife.

Public Utilities & Transportation and Public Works: Splash in the spray and explore the trucks needed to take care of our water in ACC

ECOGIG: Build a sea coral, drive a ROV, or learn about tube worms.

ACC UGA 4H Extension: Turn into a water molecule and make a bracelet.


ACC Stormwater: Travel the maze as a rain drop and battle through before arriving at the source. Also, create a bracelet as a reminder to clean our streams

UGA Marine Sciences: Get up close & personal with creatures from the Georgia coast.

UGA EcoReach: Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation; learn these steps!

UGA Water Resource Team: To flush or not to flush, that is the question.  Test your flushing knowledge.

UGA Warnell: Visit with animals and learn how they use water to survive.

Art Truck: Art Class - use watercolors and stamps to create beautiful works. 

UGA Ecotones: Make your own paper from recycled materials!

UGA Fly Fishing Club: Learn tips and tricks to better your cast.


ACC Recycling: Make your new best friend out of "trash."

Upper Oconee Watershed Network: Macroinvertebrates call our local streams home. UOWN brings a few along to join us in the festival fun. 

Sandy Creek Nature Center: Design a fish to survive under the sea. 

Bag the Bag UGA: Plastic bags wreak havoc in our water. Recycle a t-shirt into a bag and bring it the next time you go shopping. 

Athens Area Humane Society puppies, puppies, puppies!

Girl Scout Troop: Create your own paddle boat that floats and sit-upons out of plastic bags!

Soil and Water Conservation Commission: Learn how water flows through our community and the various items that can pollute our waters.

UGA American Fisheries Society: Design fish friendly environments with culverts and brides.


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